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Still nothing, not even an interview in the last eight months. Have sent out over a hundred resumes. I am either overqualified or underqualified. If something doesn't happen between now and launch, the boat goes up for sale and I'm calling it quits after 35 years on the lake. King George won't back an unemployment extension for those of us who can't find work. Thinks we're living large on $300/week and won't look with that kind of generous income. He doesn't have a clue.
 
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Apparently in the president's economic report for this year, King George's chief economist was questioning what a "manufacuring" job really is. It was mentioned that someone who assembles a hamburger at a fast food joint could possibly be considered in a manufacturing job. This is leading people to believe that we shouldn't be suprised if the 2 million + manufacturing jobs lost in the US will suddenly be reported as some sort of record amount of manufacturing job growth.

Personally I think he has a clue, he just doesn't care.
 

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QUOTE(cotty @ Mar 5 2004, 07:28 PM)We are hiring a ton of people here and I can see what I can do.
What do you do Cotty? I'm looking as well, hook us up bra! I can email a resume if you want. Just say the word. Thanks!
 

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QUOTE(cotty @ Mar 5 2004, 02:28 PM)Storm,

What do you actually do? We are hiring a ton of people here and I can see what I can do.
What kind of work.....And what kind of qualifcations do

you need.....?
 

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The company I work for is in the Automotive and Heavy Duty Truck exhaust business. We just bought one of the largest suppliers of Heavy Duty Truck Exhausts so we have been adding on about 2.5 people a month when we see areas we need people in.
 

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I know at least six people who have been out of work anywhere from six months to two years. These are not marginal people. They are intelligent, hardworking individuals who signed up for the American dream. They, like myself, worked the brutal schedules and sacrificed their lives to help make their companies successful. Their reward is to be unemployable. We are now faced with losing our homes, any chance of a comfortable retirement, and any pride we may have left. Five years ago I had a six figure income and what I thought was a secure future. Last month I took a job washing and painting walls for $10/hour. It lasted three weeks.

I'm thinking of moving to India. I hear there's work there.
 

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General Dynamics in Sterling Heights is loking for engineering and other people. I'd go but its a crappy commute for me from Milford and I've done it before. The last contract recruiter I talked to said they'll be putting on 800 people over the next 6-8 months but that could've been B.S. Depending on weather I find something on the west or not I might give it more consideration. check 'em out on Monster.com or talk to some contract houses most of them are trying to fill the same slots for Pro/Engineer CAD designers and engineers.

I'll put this in the job thingy too.
 

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My background is automotive tooling. I have 25+ years engineering experience in tooling, automation and robotics. For eighteen years I worked for ISI Robotics eventually becoming Systems Engineering Manager. My biggest problem is I don't have an engineering degree, only years of experience. Anyone interested in a resume, please email me and I'll send you one ASAP. Appreciate any leads provided.
 

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QUOTE(Storm @ Mar 5 2004, 04:11 PM)I'm thinking of moving to India. I hear there's work there.
Sad but true. GM is forcing us to send design work to India. We are just letting them do simple body drawings and such, and they screw them up. The CAD manager is going nuts talking to them on the phone, can't hear them, or understand them.


Engineering is all going to India and manufacturing to China.

Good luck Storm. I hope you don't sell your boat, I've known you on the lake for many years. Hopefully one day we'll all get back to little muscamoot like the old days.
 

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My cousin has been at GD for over twenty years. Gave him my resume about six weeks ago. Looks promising but they don't have a facilty to put everyone in yet. They're working on it and he keeps giving me updates. I worked at TACOM for almost two years and that is giving me a leg up at GD. Keeping my fingers crossed. They've got a two billion dollar contract for the Future Combat Vehicle that will replace the Bradley and Striker.
 

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It is true that GD is adding many new engineers. Boeing/Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) was awarded a 14.9 Billion dollar contract from the Department of Defense to be the Lead System Integrator (LSI) for the new U.S. Army Future Combat System (FCS). General Dynamics was awarded a 2 Billion dollar contract from Boeing to develop the manned Ground Combat Vehicles (GCV). There will be many variants of these vehicles. They are partnered with United Defense LP (UDLP). This new family of vehicles is intended to replace the mighty M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and many other war fighting vehicles. The Stryker is a newly fielded lightly armored GCV and will not be replace by FCS. All that being said is is probably unlikly that an FCS vehicle will ever be fielded but, that is the Department of the Army's vision for now.
 

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Hopefully, this defense work doesn't go to India.

I've heard two people joke about hoping for a nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan. Not funny, but representative of the current mood in town.
 

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Storm -
This is FullThrottle posting as Pyrate - pm me. We just recently brought a few ROBCAD personnel on board, and looking at another within a month(?). If you have ROBCAD/Simulations or Systems Layout experience, I may be able to pass on your resume to the supervisor for that group. Any robotics experience as well, could be a big plus.
Only thing is, most of our work over the next year - year and a half is focused on Mexico per DCX and Ford.

ISI is/was one of our suppliers dependent on the customer's preference/requirements.

Good Luck!
 

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Just wanted to add one thing. My wife, Candy aka Sparky, has been tremendously supportive through all of this. We've been together for five years and married last November. When we met, I was on top of the world. She has stuck by me through the good and bad. I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful woman for my soulmate!
 
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